Investor Relations

Alistair Ryan
Chairperson (Independent)

MCom, FCA. Appointed Director 13 November 2014

Alistair is an experienced company director and corporate executive. In addition to Evolve, he is currently Chair of Kingfish Limited, Barramundi Limited and Marlin Global Limited. Other current board positions include Kiwibank Limited, Metlifecare Limited, and Christchurch Casinos Limited. Alistair is also Audit and Risk Committee Chair for Metlifecare, and is a member of FMA’s Audit Oversight Committee.

Alistair was a senior executive of SKYCITY Limited from pre-opening (1995) until he retired as CFO in June 2011. Prior to SKYCITY, Alistair was a Corporate Services Partner with international accounting firm EY, in Auckland.

Alistair is a member of Evolve’s Audit and Risk Committee.

Norah Barlow
Non Executive Director (Independent)

BCA, CA. Appointed as Director 13 November 2014

Norah is the Managing Director and CEO of Estia Health Limited, an ASX listed company providing aged care in 68 homes through 4 States in Australia. Norah is an accountant by profession, having operated her own partnership for a number of years, prior to becoming the Group Accountant, and then CEO of NZX and ASX listed Summerset Group. Norah retired from that role in April 2014 remaining on the Board as a non-executive Director until 2016, when she was appointed to Estia. Norah is also a Ministerial appointee to the National Advisory Council for the Employment of Women. In 2014 she was awarded an ONZM for services to business.

Norah is a member of both Evolve Education’s Remuneration and People Committee and the Audit and Risk Committee.

Gráinne Troute
Non-Executive Director (Independent)

GradDipBusStuds (HRM) CMInstD. Appointed as Director 1 May 2017

Gráinne has extensive experience as a corporate executive and in board and charitable trust governance roles.

She is currently a director of NZX-listed companies Tourism Holdings Limited and Summerset Group Holdings Limited. She was General Manager, Corporate Services at SKYCITY Entertainment Group for 8 years and earlier held senior executive roles at McDonald’s Restaurants for 14 years, for the last three of which she was Managing Director, New Zealand. Gráinne recently joined Investore Property Group as a director.

Gráinne also served for many years as a trustee and chair in the not-for-profit sector, including having been Chair of Ronald McDonald House Charities NZ for five years.

Gráinne is Chair of Evolve Education’s Remuneration and People Committee.

Chris Scott
Non Executive Director (Non Independent)

Appointed 28 November 2018

Chris Scott has over 37 years experience in senior management positions. He has spent over 35 years in business in Singapore where he founded a number of successful businesses.  Chris founded S8 Limited which listed on the ASX in 2001. S8 which was an integrated travel Company that acquired 36 businesses over a 5 year period and was capitalised at $700 million.  S8 Limited was the subject of a successful takeover bid in late 2006.

Chris was the Founder and, from 2010 to 2016, the Managing Director of ASX listed G8 Education which evolved into Australia’s largest listed early education and child care provider.  During this period, the G8 Education Limited portfolio grew from 38 to over 500 pre school education centres in Australia (plus 20 in Singapore). Chris was also instrumental in raising over $500 million in equity capital and more than $500 million in debt (including Singapore dollar bonds). G8 Education market capitalisation grew from $4 million in 2010 to a peak of approximately $1.9 billion.

Chris Sacre
Non Executive Director (Independent)

Appointed 28 November 2018

Chris Sacre is widely regarded and respected within the childcare industry. Chris developed a passion for the industry in early 2007 when he provided financial consultative services, as an Advisory Manager for PricewaterhouseCoopers to G8 Education (formally Early Learning Services) in the lead up to the public listing. After successfully floating the company in 2007, Chris joined G8 Education as Chief Financial Officer. During his time with G8 Education, Chris was instrumental to the growth of the company with over 400 childcare acquisitions, raising over $500mil. in capital and increasing market cap. from $4mil. to $1.3bil.

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